The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.'
At Haywood Cottage Montessori we provide a stimulating, nurturing environment, using the Montessori philosophy as the foundation of our programme. Children take ownership of the centre, making it 'theirs', helping to create and develop the learning spaces, filling the rooms with beautiful artwork, caring for the gardens and animals. Children learn at their own pace, following their own inclinations and explorations.
At Haywood Cottage Montessori, our strong belief in a Montessori education means that we view the child as competent, powerful researchers of knowledge and constructors of their own selves. We acknowledge their right as members of society, embracing them as citizens both now in the present and in the future.
We aim to provide a dynamic link between the child and a rich learning environment, where each can fulfill their ambition and potential; nurturing creative, innovative thinking and enabling them to represent their knowledge in multitudes of expression.
We acknowledge New Zealand's dual cultural heritage and are committed to bicultural practice through strong engagement with the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the New Zealand Early Childhood Education Curriculum Framework Te Whariki.
We are an educational community which cultivates collaboration in diversity, inclusion and plurality; building meaningful partnerships between teachers, children, parents and whanau.
Our children are the lens through which tomorrow can be seen.